There are a massive amount of books I’m excited about in 2018 and there’s a reason I like to have a most anticipated list that comes out seasonally, but here are the eighteen that I think I’m the most excited to get my hands on in the new year.
1. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
You’ve seen this book before on my Most Anticipated Books of Winter, so it should come as no surprise to find it here as well. The third book in the Wayward Children series, Beneath the Sugar Sky is apparently a direct sequel to the first book. I am incredibly excited to read it. As it’s a sequel, I will simply say that this series is about a school that takes in children who have gone to other worlds (think Narnia or Wonderland) and then return back to our earth and are unable to cope so they get sent to Eleanor’s Home for Wayward Children. While the second book was a prequel that followed two of the characters from the first book into the world they found, this book is apparently a blend of the school and a new world. I’m very excited to read it!
Release Date: January 9, 2018
2. Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
This Own Voices novel about a Muslim American teen tackles dealing with normal teen issues and Islamaphobia and has been getting absolute rave reviews. I heard someone compare it to The Hate U Give and I am here for it! Like I said in my Most Anticipated Winter Edition, I’m trying to read books for more than just an escape and I think this book is a perfect book for that goal. Here is the Goodreads synopsis:
Maya Aziz is torn between futures: the one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter (i.e.; staying nearby in Chicago and being matched with a “suitable” Muslim boy), and the one where she goes to film school in New York City–and maybe, just maybe, kisses a guy she’s only known from afar. There’s the also the fun stuff, like laughing with her best friend Violet, making on-the-spot documentaries, sneaking away for private swimming lessons at a secret pond in the woods. But her world is shattered when a suicide bomber strikes in the American heartland; by chance, he shares Maya’s last name. What happens to the one Muslim family in town when their community is suddenly consumed with hatred and fear?
Release Date: January 16, 2018
3. A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
I was already pumped about this book and then Prince Harry and Megan Markle got engaged and now I’m dying to get my hands on this book! Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:
Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.
Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.
The chemistry between them is instant and irresistible, and flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after?
Release Date: February 27, 2018
4. Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
I’ve been excited for this book since I read Kleypas’s interview in Cosmopolitan discussing how she’s started incorporating feminism more in her romance novels and let me just say that I’ve noticed. I cannot wait for this book which features Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female doctor in England at the time. Love of my life, Dr. Gibson is. I’m just saying. Here’s the Goodreads blurb:
A woman who defies her time
Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man—why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again.
A man who breaks every rule
As a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong, it will take all of Garrett’s skill and courage to save him. As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he’s ever known.
Release Date: February 27, 2018
5. Tyler Johnson Was Hereby Jay Coles
I’m excited about this book for many reasons, not the least of which is that I think this book is going to add to the incredibly important and growing list of books that directly tackle police brutality against black bodies. In lighter reasons to be excited about this book, take a look at this gorgeous (and symbolic!) cover! Here’s the Goodreads blurb:
When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.
The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it’s up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.
Release Date: March 20, 2018
6. Hurts to Want Youby Alisha Rai
I am so in love with this series, it actually hurts. Alisha Rai is an amazing author and I’m so excited for Evangaline’s story, I cannot stand it. Also, are you kidding me? Livvy and Nico’s wedding? YES PLEASE. But just feast your eyes on this synopsis:
Well-behaved women don’t lust after men who love to misbehave.
Heiress Evangeline Chandler knows how to keep a secret . . . like her life-long crush on the tattooed hottie who just happens to be her big brother’s friend. She’s a Chandler, after all, and Chandlers don’t hook up with the help. Then again, they also don’t disobey their fathers and quit their respectable jobs, so good-girl rules may no longer apply.
Gabriel Hunter hides the pain of his past behind a smile, but he can’t hide his sudden attraction to his friend’s sheltered little sister. Eve is far too sweet to accept anything less than forever and there’s no chance of a future between the son of a housekeeper and the town’s resident princess.
When a wedding party forces Eve and Gabe into tight quarters, keeping their hands off each other will be as hard as keeping their clothes on. The need that draws them together is stronger than the forces that should shove them apart . . . but their sparks may not survive the explosion when long-buried secrets are finally unearthed.
Release Date: March 27, 2017
7. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
It’s hard to come up with more things to say besides shrieking about how excited I am about this book, but genuinely, so excited for another beautiful book by Becky Albertalli. A new to me in 2017 author, Albertalli is also probably already one of my favorite authors. An Own Voices book in terms of fat girl rep, Albertalli has already brought me to tears with Molly in The Upside of Unrequited, and I can’t wait to see what she brings with Leah. Also, I’m so excited to get snippets of Simon and Blue! Here’s the Goodreads blurb:
Leah Burke—girl-band drummer and master of deadpan—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.
So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
Release Date: April 24, 2018
8. A Court of Frost and Starlightby Sarah J. Maas
Currently coverless, A Court of Frost and Starlight is Sarah J. Maas’s newest attempt at a novella and I would not be at all upset if her fingers slipped and this turned into a full length novel about REDACTED and Feyre and the gang, to be honest. I would love to assume you’ve all either read A Court of Thorns and Roses or seen spoilers, but I’ll continue saying redacted for a few more months. Of course, leaving it redacted means I can tell you legitimately nothing about the plot of this novella other than it is continuing the series as a bridge between the old and the new, apparently. Personally I hope it’s just full of domestic scenes of my favs being mates, but you know, SJM likes to rip your heart out sometimes.
Release Date: May 1, 2018
9. The Way You Make Me Feelby Maureen Goo
I fell head over heels for Goo’s I Believe in a Thing Called Love so I’m unbelievably excited for this book. I want to read Goo’s entire backlist in the meantime, but when May 8th rolls around, you’d best believe I’m picking myself up a copy of this beautiful book. Here’s the Goodreads blurb:
Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind? With her signature warmth and humor, Maurene Goo delivers a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.
Release Date: May 8, 2018
10. A Reaper at the Gatesby Sabaa Tahir
The third book in Tahir’s epic fantasy, A Reaper in the Gates has me super excited because I still don’t understand anything that happened at the end of A Torch Against the Night. That may sound like hyperbole, but uh, it really isn’t. I unhauled my copy of A Torch Against the Night because I want the new pretty covers so I’m definitely going to have to pick those up before release day because I definitely need a re-read. Here’s the blurb for the first book, in case you haven’t picked these up yet:
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
Release Date: May 22, 2018
11. Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
Sarah MacLean is an auto buy author for me and I love her. This is the blurb for her upcoming, still without a cover, start of a new series, masterpiece, which I’m getting vague Lord of Scoundrels vibes from:
When Wicked Comes Calling…
When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees—on one condition. She’s seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won’t accept a marriage without it.
The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain…
Bastard son of a duke and king of London’s dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making. All he must do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy.
For the Promise of Passion…
But there’s nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, who quickly decides she’d rather have Devil than another. Soon, Devil’s carefully laid plans are in chaos, and he must choose between everything he’s ever wanted…and the only thing he’s ever desired.
Release Date: June 19, 2018
12. The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
I did not enjoy the second book in the Rokesbys series, but I have faith in Julia Quinn considering I devoured almost her entire backlist and had only one disappointment in 2017. And this book sounds so good, like can I have it right now good?
She was in the wrong place…
Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, none of the fools from her London season qualify. While visiting a friend on the Dorset coast, Poppy is pleasantly surprised to discover a smugglers’ hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and take her aboard a ship, leaving her bound and gagged on the captain’s bed…
He found her at the wrong time…
Known to society as a rascal and reckless privateer, Captain Andrew James Rokesby actually transports essential goods and documents for the British government. Setting sail on a time-sensitive voyage to Portugal, he’s stunned to find a woman waiting for him in his cabin. Surely, his imagination is getting the better of him. But no, she is very real—and his duty to the Crown means he’s stuck with her.
Can two wrongs make the most perfect right?
When Andrew learns that she is a Bridgerton, he knows he will likely have to wed her to avert a scandal—though Poppy has no idea that he is the son of an earl and neighbor to her aristocratic cousins in Kent. On the high seas, their war of words soon gives way to an intoxicating passion. But when Andrew’s secret is revealed, will his declaration of love be enough to capture her heart…?
Release Date: July 24, 2018
13. Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
A controversial choice for a favorite author, but Sarah J. Maas is absolutely one of mine. I love the way she creates worlds and I love the way she includes over the top dramatic sex scenes in her books because I love romance. So I’m extremely intrigued to see her take on Selina Kyle. Here is the extremely intriguing blurb:
Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.
Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.
In this third DC Icons book–following Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker–Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the heist that’s closest to her heart?
Release Date: August 7, 2018
14. The Governess Gameby Tessa Dare
I was just talking to one of my friends about how much I adore Tessa Dare, which is not surprising because she is definitely one of my favorite authors. This book is the second in her newest series and if it’s anything like The Duchess Deal, I’m absolutely going to love it. We’re still in the teaser stage of the Goodreads blurb:
He’s been a bad, bad rake… and it takes a governess to teach him a lesson.
Release Date: August 28, 2018
15. Throne of Glass #6/7 by Sarah J. Maas
It depends on how you count Tower of Dawn for how you number this final book in the Throne of Glass series, but regardless I am DYING in anticipation. I’ve been in agony since the cliffhanger ending of Empire of Storms and I swear to goodness, if my precious baby is not safe by about 100 pages in, I will be screaming. Tbh, I will probably be doing that regardless if Tower of Dawn was any indication… Anyway. Super excited about this book.
Release Date: September 4, 2018
16. What if It’s Usby Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
These two authors are such good friends and I adore them both. Becky’s writing has me absolutely enamored and Adam’s makes me want to cry so we’ll see how this book turns out. (Please God, let it be a HEA.) Here’s the Goodreads blurb for what promises to be a beautiful story:
What If It’s Us opens as Arthur and Ben meet at the post office as Ben is shipping his ex-boyfriend’s things back to him. They subsequently endure the frustration of knowing there was a missed connection, before the universe pushes them back together again in a series of failed “first” dates.
Release Date: October 2, 2018
17. An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole
I’m so in love with this series. I really like the way Cole blends historical fiction with romance in a way that in the first two seemed to fluctuate as to which genre was the more prominent, but since I love both and I love her writing, I was able to adjust. I’m extremely excited to see Daniel get his HEA with his person as opposed to with Elle, who definitely belongs with Malcolm, sorry, honey. Here’s the Goodreads blurb:
Janita Sanchez didn’t pay much attention to the war. She was more interested in balls and potential husbands. In her small Floridian town, she still felt more Cuban than American, and whether the North or South won didn’t make much of a difference to her. However, Janita’s life changes forever when a man offers her a deal: spy for the Confederacy and ensure her father’s release from prison.
Daniel Cumberland barely remembers the carefree days of his youth, marked by life as a freedman and days whiled away with Elle, the girl he thought he’d marry. Then a dark series of events changed him forever. After Elle refused to marry him, he was captured by slavers and subjected to months of abuse. Even his rescue was a humiliation—-his freedom came at the hands of the man Elle chose to spend her life with instead. The white man she’d picked over him.
Aimless and unmoored, Daniel agrees to join the 4L, a league of covert operatives of color helping to take down the Confederacy. It’s his last shot at doing something meaningful, and a vent for the rage that won’t leave him. When he meets new recruit Janita, he feels something other than pain and anger for the first time in months. When they’re paired together on an important mission, they give into their mutual passion. But the past is never really the past, and the ghosts that haunt Daniel and Janita could ruin their chance at happiness—-and the Union’s chance of winning the war.
Release Date: October 30, 2018
18. Courtney Milan Anything…
After the Wedding Find Me And finally, we have anything that Courtney Milan releases in 2018 because both could come out in 2018 and I want them both. I’m afraid to get my hopes up and I know she’s dealing with a massive amount of attention right now, not all of it good, so I’m patiently waiting for this dumpster fire of a year to fade away and hopefully my favorite authors can get some time for themselves to recharge so they can create. I say this like there’s a good chance 2018 is going to be less tragic of a political landscape, but uh, we’ll see, I guess. and
So there you have it! Even though this is a list of 18, which seems like a lot, there are so many more books that I’m excited about and new to me authors that I’m excited to discover. Let me know in the comments some of the books you’re excited for in 2018!